Written by: Jenna Barrington
Looking for that extra kick to speed up your weight-loss train? I’ve got just the thing for you. This drink uses some of the best ingredients for weight loss, cleansing and overall health.
- 8 oz water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Juice and rind from 1 lemon
- Pinch of paprika
- Grate the lemon rind and throw into boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Drink before and after each meal.
- Make in bulk and store in refrigerator if desired.
Ingredients Health Benefits
- Apple Cider Vinegar
A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal helps to lower blood sugar (and prevent blood sugar from spiking) by interfering with the body’s absorption of starches. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is key to preventing weight gain and/or successfully losing weight.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic and is extremely beneficial to digestion. It may also help to suppress appetite, increase metabolism and boost energy.
- Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains pectin, which has been shown to help reduce cravings. Lemons also have an alkalizing/cleansing effect on the body, which is another reason why they are good at helping aid weight loss. Lemons are rich in antioxidants, antivirals, anti-inflammatories, flavonoids, potassium and vitamins.
- Lemon Rind
Are you used to throwing away the lemon peel? Not anymore! Some of the lemon’s richest nutritional properties are in the rind! Lemon peels are full of antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals that can boost health and reduce risk of illness. Lemon essential oil (one of my favorites) is taken straight from the lemon rind, not the juice.
You simply can’t go wrong by adding more lemons to your diet!
- Paprika (may also substitute cayenne)
Paprika boosts metabolism, suppresses weight loss, acts as an anti-inflammatory, supports healthy blood flow and may also help to lower blood pressure. Paprika is also rich in vitamin B6, which is important for getting oxygen to your cells, breaking down carbohydrates and helping you maintain stable energy levels.
Instead of turning to expensive supplements and weight loss programs, try turning to the items in your very own kitchen! Nature has provided you with hundreds if not thousands of natural remedies to help you pursue and maintain excellent health.
What is your favorite natural weight loss drink? Share your recipes below!
Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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